18h40 UTC; SATURDAY, 15 NOVEMBER 2014: For such as are on the sidelines watching the Clear and Present Meltdown into Paranoid Desperation of The Oxycontin Boar "himself," threatening legal action left and right against anyone quoting his on-air remarks verbatim by contending such are "defamatory" and otherwise "not in proper context," as well as claiming such are part of a State-Sponsored Conspiracy to Silence Conservative Viewpoints and Opinions (absent credible evidence), a classic Example from History may perhaps be worth sharing as to how the once-mighty in populist circles can quickly fall from grace thanks to legal action as backfires upon them.

Specifically, the case Brinkley v. Fishbein, a 1939 defamation case brought before the United States District Court at Del Rio, TX against Morris Fishbein of the American Medical Association, whose mass-market magazine Hygeia (after the Greek goddess of health and sanitation) had published some not-so-flattering comments about goat-gland quack and Mexican-based populist radio demagogue Dr. John R. Brinkley, himself hounded out of Kansas in 1930 for medical quackery with goat-gland implants and perverting the radio airwaves for self-promotional purposes and quickly finding a new home in Del Rio on the US-Mexican border--as well as especially-receptive broadcast regulators in Mexico allowing him to have his very own high-powered radio station, XER (later XERA), with studios and transmitter across the Rio Grande in Villa (now Ciudad) Acuña, transmitting his prolefeed (and selling airtime to equally-disreputable outfits) to the Great Unwashed Masses at 50 kW directional polarisation, especially so during the long winter nights.

In any event, Doc Brinkley was rather uneasy at Dr. Fishbein's depiction of the Brinkley practice and his perverting the power and intrusion of rhe radio airwaves for selfish ends and purposes (as in promoting his medical practice and his weird and unwholesome associations with neo-Fascist types), taking advantage of the guillable in the process.

In the end, however, the court ruled in Fishbein's favour, which would be the beginning of the end fof Doc Brinkley's career; before long, malpractice suits by former patients at his clinics in Del Rio and San Juan, TX were being filed left and right, Mexican authorities were preparing to get XERA off the air for Questionable Programming (especially such of a medical nature)--and such would spell trouble for Doc Brinkley, particularly in the financial department. Brinkley was eventually hospitalised for diabetic-related conditions as forced one of his legs to be amputated before yielding up the ghost in the early part of 1942, aged 56--a broken man, both financially and spiritually.

(Interestingly enough, many recordings of Doc Brinkley's "border-blaster" broadcasts, usually via transcription, survive in several collections of Old-Time Radio.)

Another side of Your Correspondent you may
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"Some people will portray this as not caring about people. I think it's just the opposite. I care too much about the people of this state not to empower them to control their own destiny." Thus spake Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in defending the Badger State's desire to reject Federal funding for Medicaid expansion the other day.

Which has Your Correspondent wondering if the model of "empowering [the Unwashed Masses] to control their own destiny" preferred by "Tea Party" and "Christian Patriot" religiopolitical types is actually one modelled on the Reddingsdaad concept promoted by Afrikaner Nationalist leaders down South Africa way in the late 1930's as sought to create a "people-centred" approach against rampant "poor whiteism" seen as holding back the "Divinely-Entitled" Afrikaner in the face of British rule and their treating the Afrikaner, whose ancestors came to the Cape of Good Hope under Dutch East India Company auspices starting in 1652, as little better than Freaks and Travesties of Nature. One which saw Volkseenheid as the preferred agent for promoting socioeconomic empowerment, and the channelling thereof, through the application of Helpmekaar and its principles aimed at leveraging, through a "patriotic" Reddingsdaadfonds, the "idle monies" held by the masses unto "productive capital" serving a new and "people-centred" Volkskapitalisme expected to emphasise jobs creation and training over simple wealth creation at the heart of traditional capitalist paradigms, in its turn expected to open the doors of socioeconomic dominance and power.

Or, as one Afrikaner Nationalist leader expressed it, the desire being one of replacing "pious sentiment" heretofore applied to the poor with "jingling coin" of wages, of savings, of investments, of purchasing power, of socioeconomic power and domination.

Is this a realistic approach for "empowering [the Lower Classes] into controlling their own destiny," pandering to the basest and crudest of patriotic emotions and feelings tending to racism among the targeted as but one step towards their supposed "empowerment" when they have but a primitive knowledge of ons styl ekonomesie vryheid seen in such paleoconservative circles as the Key to Our National and Sovereign Identity as a Peculiar Among the Nations by the Goodness of His Grace and Favour?

So till next time, folks: "73"
(Which, incidentally, was railroad telegraphers' shorthand for "goodbye.")

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